Available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students

2000 …2026
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Associate Professor Schirmer leads the Regional Wellbeing Survey, an annual survey examining the views of 13,000 rural and regional Australians about the liveability and resilience of their community, and their own wellbeing and resilience. It covers topics ranging from understanding how to support carers living in the bush, to identifying the impacts of poor internet connectivity, and understanding how events such as droughts, floods and environmental policy change affect rural communities. In addition to leading the Regional Wellbeing Survey, Jacki's personal research interests focus on understanding the social dimensions of natural resource management, particularly how people's access to and use of natural resources affects their health and wellbeing. Her work in recent years has focused on (i) analysing the social impacts of changes in management of natural resources such as forests, fisheries and water on workers and rural communities, (ii) understanding the factors that drive conflict over natural resource management and which affect social acceptability of environmental policy and practice, and (iii) understanding how to achieve greater adoption of pro-environmental behaviours. 

External positions

Director, Forest Stewardship Council Australia

May 2013 → …

Adjunct Fellow, Australian National University

Feb 2012 → …

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Projects 2012 2026

Research Output 2000 2018

Open Access
urban design
Water Quality
Life Style

Drought and Distress in Southeastern Australia

Hanigan, I. C., Schirmer, J. & Niyonsenga, T. 24 May 2018 In : Ecohealth. p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mental health

Environmental conflict: engaging with scientific information and community activism

SCHIRMER, J. Mar 2018 Land use in Australia: Past, present and future. Thackway, R. (ed.). Canberra: ANU E Press, p. 169-179 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

water use
land use

Quantifying an Integral Ecology Framework: A Case Study of the Riverina, Australia.

Wheeler, S. A., Haensch, J., Edwards, J., SCHIRMER, J. & Zuo, A. 24 Jan 2018 In : Earth's Future. 6, 2, p. 192-212 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
community development

Assessing and Managing the Social Effects of Water Reform in Agricultural Areas

SCHIRMER, J. 2017 Decision Making in Water Resources Policy and Management. Hart, B. & Doolan, J. (eds.). Academic Press, p. 165-181 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter